Thursday, 21 May 2015

Electric Honey Anuual Showcase

Electric Honey the world famous student run record label now based at the newely merged Glasgow Kelvin College are proud to present the Annual live showcase featuring
Schnarff Schnarff, Harry and The Hendersons, Finn Le Marinel and Apache Sun.
The event will take place at the Oran Mor as part of Glasgow's West End Festival on Friday 26th June. Doors:7pm
Schnarff Schnarff are five friends, from Inverness, who formed the band in 2012.
 Since releasing their debut five-track EP through label Electric Honey back in April, Schnarff Schnarff have headlined an evening at the King Tuts /XFM’s Summer Nights festival, headlined the sold-out Ironworks’ Easter Showcase, were selected and played at both the goNORTH festival in Inverness and on the goNORTH stage at the Wickerman Festival.

Check out their EP here...

Harry & The Henderson's dedication to melodic songwriting has seen them blend their folk and classic pop influences into an honest, harmony driven entity on this debut EP. With the group's roots being founded in childhood friendships while growing up in the Glasgow suburb of Cambuslang it seemed inevitable that their love of music would drive them together as writers and performers.

Listen to them here...
Finn Le Marinel is a 26 year old singer/songwriter based in Glasgow who writes intricate songs using unique guitar techniques intertwined with dark, nuanced lyrics. His latest EP 'Love is Waves', with lead single 'Become' is critically acclaimed by national press. Blogs such as Glasgow Podcart, Goldflake Paint, Peenko, The Anti Manifesto, When You Motor Away, White Tapes and Leeds Music Scene have all showered Finn's music wth overwhelming praise.  The Daily Record printed a review of 'Become', saying that despite his 'sweet fragile voice', the song 'delivers a lyrical blow... like a clever kick to the stomach'. 'Become' has also been played on Roddy Hart's BBC Scotland show where he labelled Finn as a 'guitar virtusio' as well as finding its way onto Jim Gellatly's Amazing Radio and XFM shows. Alongside his recorded work Finn has also gigged extensively across Scotland receive overwhelmingly positive feedback.
Listen to his latest single here...
The Apache Sun are a psychedelic rock band formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014, by singer-guitarist Kris Mitchell and bassist Pete Bruce along with drummer David Noble. Initially the band started as a home recording project after meeting at college. They will be releasing their new EP at the showcase on the 26th June
check them out...
Looks set to be a great night!
Much love

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

'Let it Shine' Yorkhill Charity Concert 12th June

'Let It Shine' Yorkhill Charity Concert

'Let It Shine' Charity Concert

Jamie Charlton, 17 and Ross Gunning, 20 founders of the organization Let It Shine are proud to present their first charity concert, in aid of Yorkhill Children’s Charity, on the 12th June 2015 at Glasgow’s O2 ABC.

Emily Middlemas
Jai McDowall

Conceptualised by Ross Gunning, the concert will feature incredible young Scottish Talent including Britain’s Got Talent winner 2011, Jai McDowall, X Factor’s Emily Middlemas and The Voice’s Stephen McLaughlin. 

Local songstress Nicola Cassells will also be appearing at the Star Studded Concert. Nicola “The Girl with the Golden Voice” is a talented Classical Crossover Soprano.

Nicola Cassells

Nicola has had the great privilege of performing at many events such as The Grosvenor in London at the Retail Trust Search for a Star Final competition in which she was crowned the winner after a ‘virtuoso’ performance of the Sarah Brightman classic Time to Say Goodbye, in front of a 1200 crowd which included celebrities from TV, music and the leading figures from the retail industry. She then went on to perform in a few interesting and diverse places such as a shop window of The House of Fraser in Oxford St, Heathrow Terminal 5, and even performing on top of a double-decker bus at a fireworks show!
The Let It Shine concert in aid of the Yorkhill Charity proves to be an evening of top class entertainment. 

“I am excited and thankful to be a part of such a great event and I am sure that an incredible total will be raised to help support the boys and girls of Yorkhill”- Nicola Cassells 

The line up will also include up and coming talent including Glasgow based busker Murdo Mitchell, Matthew Gibb and boyband Only Road.
More acts to be announced soon!

Kirsten Sinclair, Director of Fundraising at Yorkhill Children’s Charity says:
We are delighted that these artists are coming together in a special concert to raise money for Yorkhill Children’s Charity, and wish the organisers the very best of luck preparing for this exciting evening of music and fundraising”.

Expecting around 1300 fans of these incredible artists in attendance filling the venue, this concert will be hugely successful for Yorkhill and go on to help those in desperate need. Tickets are priced at £8 for general tickets and £12 for VIP tickets giving our audience an incredible night for an amazing night of music.

'Let It Shine' Charity Concert

Ross Gunning, 20, Young Scot Arts Award Winner and Founder of Let It Shine says:
“It has been an honour and privilege to conceptualise and organise this event in aid of Yorkhill Children’s Charity as well as being able to showcase young Scottish talent whilst doing it. We are really looking forward to the event and we hope the audience do to!”

Jamie Charlton, Owner of an Artist Management Agency and Co-Founder of Let it Shine says:
What an honour it is to organise this event in aid of Yorkhill Children’s Charity. Not only will we be raising money for Yorkhill, but we’ll have some great young talent to showcase. We hope to see you there and help us raise funds for Yorkhill.”

Tickets are on sale from:
General Tickets

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Burns An' A' That Festival 2015

Last weekend I caught up with Scottish Singer/Songwriter Sandi Thom at the Burns and a'That Festival held in Ayr.

Annual 'Burns an' a' that' Festival.

The Burns an' a' that! Festival is an annual tribute to Scotland's internationally acclaimed poet Robert Burns. In this year, 2015, the  festival celebrated its fourteenth anniversary with a free 'Weekend in the Park' celebration on Sat 2 & Sun 3 May at the new location of Rozelle Park, Ayr. There was an amazing line-up of live music & Burns performances. 

There was a wide variety of artists performing at the festival including Dogtooth, Seaside Sons and Big Country. In the acoustic tent there were performance from local singer/songwriters including Sophie Rodgers, Jamie Angus and Chloe Marie. 

Due to other commitments I was only able to make it down to Ayr for Saturday's Headline Act, Sandi Thom. Having seen Sandi perform before I knew that I would be in for a great show, not to be missed and I was glad that I didn't!

Sandi Thom at the 'Burns an' a' that' Festival. Photo by Martin Bone Photography.

For those of you who don't know me, I have previously worked with Sandi Thom when I released an EP through her label, Guardian Angel Records. 
So I was pleased when she spotted me on the crowd and gave me one of her knowing smiles on arrival to the stage!

Nicola Cassells with Sandi Thom

Sandi appeared on stage at Rozelle along with her talented band members, Calum Ingram on the Cello and Scott Cowie on Drums and Percussion, beginning with the gripping number 'Help Me' from her Flesh and Blood Album. 
Other hits with the crowd included 'When Horsepower Meant What it Said' and the Foo Fighters Cover 'Time Like These' which had the crowd singing along. 

To keep the crowd engaged she decided to have a little fun with The song 'Rolling Train' inviting the crowd to sing along and play each half of the room against each another, a great way to involve fans!

Sandi Thom with band members, Calum Ingram and Scott Cowie. Photo by Martin Bone Photography

Next, Sandi performed her breakthrough song, the one which the audience had been waiting for, 'I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker', informing the audience of how it has been 10 years since the song was released in the UK. 

All loved up and recently engaged, Sandi is looking forward to the future and is set to release her new single with Scottish Label, Mita records, due for release in May. I wish her all the best at this exciting time in her life!

To pay tribute to the famous Bard, Robert Burns, Sandi and her band played a mesmerising version of 'Auld Land Syne' and to finish she performed the title track from her recent album 'Flesh and Blood'. This is one of my favourite songs from Sandi and if you check out the video below you will find out why...

It was fantastic to see Sandi perform in my home town and to have a wee catch up with her afterwards, such a talent and an inspiration!

Sandi Thom on Stage in Ayrshire.  Photo by Martin Bone Photography.

"The festival was fantastic, my home crowd never lets me down and on this night they were on form!!" -Sandi Thom

With Love

p.s. thanks Alister Firth!! 
"The Talented Nicola Cassells takes a night off to watch the talented Sandi Thom at Burns an' a' that"- Alister Firth Photography

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